'THE NAME OF THE GAME'
"LOVE-IN AT GROUND ZERO"
After giving publisher Glenn Howard a tour of the test site where a new chemical weapon will be detonated, Colonel Malcolm Parker returned to his office on the base. As he settled himself at his desk, the Colonel told his aide to get Colonel Austin on the phone.
That was in 1969. When we met Steve Austin, 'The Six Million Dollar Man' five years later, he was already a colonel who had served in Vietnam and had been the first civilian to walk on the moon. If he already was a colonel by 1969, it must have been under special circumstances - he was just thirty years old at that point. It could have been due to extraordinary services in a combat situation while in country, or it was bestowed upon him after his lunar mission. (Austin would be one of those astronauts who took part in the secret missions that were never revealed to the public, many of which were geared toward establishing the colony on the Moon.)
As to why he was at that test site outside Las Vegas in January 1969? Who knows? Just one of those background stories which will never be told, I guess.....
My thanks to Larry Wielgosz for his advice......